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  • E-News U. Contributor 4:12 am on February 18, 2011 Permalink |  

    By Champagne Watkins To those of you who… 

    By Champagne Watkins

    To those of you who participated in the public humiliation of the “Jordan heels” girl you should be extremely embarrassed.  Just like you thought it was so necessary to do to her, I am officially putting you out there.

    There is no need for me to tweet about you. You know who you are.

    News Flash: Hampton University is not a fashion show! However, some of us feel our outward appearance is the sole reason we pay $20,000 a year to attend school.

    People talk about each other all the time. True. Everyone does it, but at what point do we draw the line?

    Obviously, on Monday there were no boundaries when people could be seen chasing after another student to take a picture of … her shoes?

    How old are you? Were you that bored? Are you that ignorant?

    The finger pointing and hysterical laughing that followed the young woman throughout her school day was ridiculous.  If critics really want to be that critical, then they should talk about the fashion/hygiene crimes that are committed daily on campus:

    • The translucent leggings and tights that are worn with shirts that barely stop at the hips.

    Or, the shorts with boots in 30-degree weather. Are those women hot or cold?

    • The pounds of make-up students cake on their faces to hide imperfections. 
    • What about some of the guys who consistently drive past barbershops and never bother to go inside? Or, the males that like to play follow the leader and choose to let one guy make the decisions for the entire group.
    • Let me not forget about those people who insist on wearing skinny jeans, completely disregarding the most crucial word: Skinny.
    • The guys who choose to waddle around campus rather than pull their pants up. 
    • What about those students who do not like to brush their teeth? Yet, they insist on being in everyone’s face. Did they know doctors say flossing and brushing teeth regularly can add six years to people’s lives? Maybe they should worry about that instead of the shoes someone else is wearing.

    See where I am going with this?

    Instead of singling out one person, remember there are plenty of things to laugh and point at on campus, which students come in contact with everyday, some of us being responsible for them.

    Spreading rumors online or through texts; posting hurtful or threatening messages on social networking sites is considered bullying. 

    According to I-Safe, there are numerous reasons people bully each other. For instance, the fact that one gets more social recognition for negative behavior than for positive ones can cause bullying. Also, people who come from families that are not warm, loving and in which feelings are not shared are more likely to be bullies. 

    Perhaps there are students who experience social rejection and thrive in the pursuit of passing it on to others?

    Is that why a number of students were out of breath trying to catch up to this student, to take a picture of her shoes?

    I thought we were college students?

    Were the critics’ actions in regards to the woman’s choice of clothing justifiable? Who are people to harass and make someone feel uncomfortable at school? Do the bullying students really think they got it like that?

    To the “Jordan heels” girl: I do not know you personally, and you do not know me. What I do know is that what you endured was nothing less of bullying. It was childish and shocking.

    If you happen to read this or hear about it later, just know that not all of us are that insecure and cruel.

    Wear what you want, because at some point everyone has worn something that others believed was ugly. Who cares? It really was not that serious.

    I heard someone say, “She should have known people would talk about her.”


    Should I avoid wearing my favorite sweater because Jamal might laugh at me? I think not.

    The “Jordan heels” woman should be allowed to wear whatever she wants without fear of being ridiculed. At no point should anyone make decisions based off what others may think of them. Nobody at this school, in this state, in this country, or even in this entire universe is perfect.

    Next time, before students go to such great lengths to post pictures to make fun of someone else on Twitter, they might find out what is really bothering them just by taking a look in the mirror.

    The writer is a junior broadcast journalism major at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:09 am on February 7, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: Black Eyed Peas, , Super Bowl XLV, , Usher   

    By Jennifer Ibe HAMPTON, Va. – Shouting … 

    By Jennifer Ibe

    HAMPTON, Va. – Shouting and scurrying of feet could be heard down the hall of an off-campus apartment as the anticipation of Super Bowl XLV reached its peak. A lot of opposing views could be heard as the yelling reached its all-time high.

    Every year, the Super Bowl brings out the good, the bad, and the ugly. With the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers going head to head Sunday, this year was no different.

    “You can’t rape someone in the summertime then come back to win a Super Bowl,”
     said Leon Burns, a Hampton University junior management major from Silver Spring, Md.

    Last March, Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was the subject of a sexual assault investigation. This was centered on the accusation of a 20-year old college student in Georgia. The Steelers quarterback faced a lot of negative publicity and was suspended for four games, however no criminal charges were filed.  

    As the crowd hovered around the growing debate more bashing and yelling was heard.

    “The Steelers got this in the bag,” yelled Terrell White, a Hampton alum from that city, “and everyone who doesn’t agree is a hater.”

    People began filling up the living room as boxes of wings and pizza were passed around. Laughter rang throughout the living room as jokes and comments were made.

    The women were huddled in the corner of the kitchen prepping for what would be a great night.

    “I really just like hanging out with my friends and this is one of the best moments to do so,” said Kashawna Parker, a senior biology major from Savannah, Ga.

    While countless new commercials were watched in sheer silence, many people in the room partook in Twitter to rant their objections and praise.

    As halftime came around and the Black Eyed Peas performed, many students were excited to see them and danced along with hit songs that they performed.

    R&B artist Usher Raymond joined the Black Eyed Peas to perform his hit song, “OMG” which left Twitter buzzing and many females in the room swooning. 

    As the Packers’ dominated the scoreboard silence swept the room, leaving Steelers fans in disbelief and Packer fans glowing.

    A 21-10 Packers halftime lead ended as a 31-25 victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

    The writer is a senior print journalism major at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.   

  • E-News U. Contributor 10:46 am on February 4, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , men, Pirates, UConn Huskies, women   

    Despite success, HU women’s B-Ball is a hard sell to student fans 

    By Jennifer Ibe 

    The crowd cheered as Lady Pirates players drove down the court, shot and scored.

    As the sea of students’ in their blue and white paraphernalia high-fived and chanted in victory, it was clear to see the high enthusiasm and excitement, but usually this is not constant.

    As Hampton University prepared to face conference opponent University of Maryland Eastern Shore Monday, Jan. 31, the campus was a buzz to hear that the ESPNU would come out to broadcast the game.

    Gerard Bingham, a senior broadcast journalism major from Maryland, was able to get in touch with an athletic department representative who informed him how this game was chosen.

    “Before the season,” said the spokesman, “they (MEAC) choose a game that will be aired, its always a Monday game.”

    However, concern arose as how many students in fact will attend the game, particularly the women’s game.

    “People don’t care about the women’s basketball game enough to support them,” said Shemar Woods. “I wish it would change.”

    Woods, a senior, print journalism major from Centreville, Va. who reports the play-by-play for the men’s game for WHOV 88.1 FM, also said: “They don’t respect them. It’s not only at Hampton, on a bigger scale; well, unless you’re UConn.”

    Last spring the Lady Pirates were MEAC champions. They qualified for the NCAA tournament but lost in the first round to a heavily favored Duke University team at Duke’s home in Durham, N.C.

    However, that thinking is not uncommon as several students felt the same way.

    “The girl games are boring; that’s why no one goes,” said Ashley Mclean, a senior biology major from Silver Springs, Md.

    Jacqueline Woulard, a senior chemical engineering major from Denver, Colo., said: “People go to the game to socialize, not to watch. Plus more people go to the guy’s game.”

    When asked further why there was such a low attendance at the women’s game; Leon Burns, a junior management major from Silver Spring, Md., said, “Most people see girls’ basketball as boring. Not saying I do, just the public overall. I think it’s good our school is finally promoting [the women].”

    Thanks to social media network such as Twitter and Facebook, word spread around campus and caught the attention of students who weren’t aware of the game.

    Olivia Lewis, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Winston-Salem, N.C., who is also a sideline reporter for WHOV 88.1, said: “Women’s basketball isn’t popular period.”

    When asked about if students will come to the game, Lewis said, “Definitely. I don’t think the student population will affect the game, but a lot of local people will come out.”

    The Monday night game proved a lot of things: Not only did both women’s and men’s teams win, but with more promotion and support from students, going to Pirates games will be enjoyable for the students as well as the players.

    The writer is a senior print journalism major at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

  • E-News U. Contributor 9:31 am on February 1, 2011 Permalink |  

    Price was right for HU Founder’s Day speaker 

    By Heather Robinson

    Hampton University was built around the permanence of strong character; with hard work and discipline anyone can achieve success.  Both words of wisdom, and people filled Ogden Hall as Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price commenced with his Founder’s Day speech.

    He engaged the audience with light-hearted humor that was relatable to student life.  He exhumed aspects of HU’s history to convey how knowing the past propels you forward.

    For a man who is also a Doctor of Dentistry, getting his message across was far from pulling teeth.

    As a community activist Price has won honors that include the Presidential Humanitarian Award, the Presidential Citizenship award, and the Honored Black Family award. His genuine energies within the community have him giving back to the “Hamptonian” legacy.

    Price repeated a quote by Mya Angelou, “You can’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You have to throw back.”

    Being ready to catch whatever life has in store comes from a history of building strong character, Price. It is the responsibility of “Hamptonians” to continue this legacy and sculpt tomorrow’s potential leaders.   Students and facility of HU are approaching an era of enlightenment that encompasses a special kind of pride, which will continue far into the future.

    The founder of Hampton Institute [and now University], Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong set forth a legacy derived from a vision of permanence.  Armstrong’s goal was to instill character in students, so that in life they would have the tools to be successful. Because Price is a 1971 HU graduate, he inherited this legacy, and shows his success through service.

    The legacy of HU has been carried on various presidents and deans, and 143 years later is leading and pioneering the treatment of cancer.  University President William R. Harvey has turned this campus into a world-class leader of education; a place where the first black U.S. President came and delivered the commencement speech for the graduating class of 2010.

    Price concluded his speech by challenging the audience to continue the legacy set forth by General Armstrong.  With a standing ovation, he warmed the hearts and spirits of those in attendance.

    “I think he related to the audience,” said freshman Mariah Bellamy, “and found a way to get his point across without boring everyone.”

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